110725 Kim Jaejoong Says, “Me? A Prince? I Have Problems With My Looks”
Versatile, a word that suits this man very well. Showing off his capabilities since his debut as a singer in 2004, he has even reached out his hand to the directing field. From the boiling summer heat of August, he will even take on the title of an actor. He’s quite a greedy person.
We’re sure fans have noticed by now who the star of this interview is. This man is Kim Jaejoong, who appeared in front of us, bursting through the monsoon rains that made it appear as if a hole had been carved in the sky.
The moment he greeted us, we couldn’t remember his past as a young teenager because of his mature appearance, so we called him “Jaejoong-ssi(氏)” instead of “Jaejoong-kun(君)”. He joked and said, “I’m still young. I like being called Jaejoong-kun.(haha)” This one statement had the effect of brightening the atmosphere that had darkened because of the dreary weather.
We are about to unravel the fun and honest stories that left us laughing from beginning to end.
#Acting: “I feel pressured because Yoochun-Junsu have done so well”
Kim Jaejoong will be making a complete transformation into an actor through SBS’ new Wednesday-Thursday drama ‘Protect the Boss’. Though he has already showcased his acting skills in the 2009 Telecinema movie ‘Postman to Heaven’ and the 2010 Japanese drama ‘Sunao Ni Narenakute’, this is the first time he’ll be appearing in the domestic drama industry and he’s bound to feel pressure and nervousness at the fact.
“To be honest, I don’t feel pressured. There is a nervousness that I feel from wanting to work hard because of all the anticipation for me and from the environment and situation that I’m approaching for the first time. But when people tell me how well Yoochun’s done in his dramas and how big of a star Junsu is in the musical industry, I end up feeling quite pressured. Sigh~“
Cha Mu Won, who Kim Jaejoong will be playing in the drama, has been introduced as the talented ‘prince of the financial world’. When we said that the title and appearance fit him well, Kim Jaejoong denied all these claims and left a ludicrous statement(?).
“It’s not true at all. I sometimes feel uncomfortable when I look at my face. It’s very unique, isn’t it? When I see myself dripping with sweat in the middle of a concert, I want to break the mirror. I have problems with my looks. I was talking about this with Junsu once and our agency’s CEO recorded our conversation and said he was going to post it everywhere. Ludicrous statements? But I’d rather look innocent than have such bold features.”
Now that we think about it, Cha Mu Won is slightly similar to Mondo Group’s Department Head Song Yoo Hyun of ‘Miss Ripley’, who was played by JYJ’s Park Yoochun. When we pointed this out, he said, “We are indeed similar. I saw that Yoochun’s company does a bit better than our company, using helicopters… Maybe we should be using one too(puahaha).”
“I met Yoochun at the hairdresser’s in a suit and I saw that he was wearing one too. As soon as we saw each other, we called each other ‘Department Head Cha, Department Head Song’ and acted out a random scene, saying, ‘It’s been a while since we last saw each other.’ It was really fun(laughter).”
#Directing: “I want to try directing for an idol group now”
He’s even tried directing. Debuting as a director through JYJ’s World Tour concert in April, and showcased his talents through Sohn Yeon Jae’s rhythmic gymnastics gala show. At the time, the meeting of Kim Jaejoong and Sohn Yeon Jae alone become a hot topic.
“I was given the opportunity to direct Sohn Yeon Jae’s gala show through my agency. I attended a meeting first before deciding to participate, but I didn’t have much time to spare. Luckily, I think Sohn Yeon Jae’s representatives liked me. Ah~ I even participated in the editing of the music. You knew that, right?”
There are many fans who are anticipating a meeting between Kim Jaejoong and other sports stars. He must be wishing to work on gala show’s of other sports stars other than Sohn Yeon Jae. But Kim Jaejoong suddenly seemed to have turned to stone. To help him out, we gave him a name of a famous sports star but he gave us an unusual answer.
“Park Tae Hwan? I’d like to try out a gala show with Park Tae Hwan. I’d like to create a new swimsuit for him that gives off a new feeling.(haha)”
He expressed his wanting to try out directing celebrities’ concerts as well as gala shows for sports stars. He boasted the versatility of his talents as he stated, “I want to try directing an idol group’s performance.”
#Singing: “We’ll release a new album within this year”
Though he’ll be making his acting debut and has succeeded in directing, Kim Jaejoong’s full-time job is acting. He released his first album ‘The Beginning’ with the other members of JYJ in October, 2010 and have been active ever since. The problem is that it’s hard to find JYJ on TV these days.
“We still haven’t let go of the thread of hope that will allow us to appear on music and variety programs. I hope that we’re able to appear on those shows when our new album drops.”
News that K-Pop is kicking up a storm in Europe these days has become a hot topic. It would be a shame to leave it out of the conversation. As JYJ are receiving much love overseas, it must be a great interest to them as well.
“We thought about showcases in Europe in the past. We weren’t able to go because of the time period, but we’d like to go in the future if we have time. Are we envious? Rather than feeling envious, I think about how hard it must have been for them because it’s always hard to be the first people going somewhere. Like how BoA paved the road to everyone else’s Japanese debut in the past. I like it because it feels like they’ve paved the road for everyone else.”
There has been no news of a new album since the release of ‘The Beginning’ over a year ago. As we know that fans are curious as well, we asked him about a new album and received the answer, “We’re preparing one. We would need great songs to make one. Of course, I’m sure a couple of those songs will be mine. Within this year… soon… It will come out as soon as possible.”
8 years since his debut. Now, he’s starting a new life as Kim Jaejoong, not YoungWoong Jaejoong. Compared to the past, he must show a more mature side to him.
“YoungWoong Jaejoong is a name that is a component of TVXQ. If I was still using the title of TVXQ, I would be YoungWoong Jaejoong in everything else that I’m doing. But the moment that JYJ began, I became Kim Jaejoong. I believe that the ability to find things about myself and show everyone those components is something that I’ve gotten much better at. I’m not perfect yet, so I can’t wait to see what is to come, but I do worry about the future.”
He will need a blueprint to push himself forward in the future. With a much more serious expression, he said, “Nothing’s changed. Because I’m going to keep living as a celebrity. I think our fans want to shape our future with us right now. Because we can see and feel that, I want JYJ to succeed and live a life with no regrets.”
We could see that Kim Jaejoong has become more mature and stronger as he has survived so many hardships. Like what he said, he has been able to come this far because of his fans, and it is now time for him to show something that will give back to them. It’s show time, and Kim Jaejoong’s eager for the curtains to rise.
Source: [seoul ntn]
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